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Eric P. Hanson

A loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend;

Eric P. Hanson, 45, of Lowell, a well-known local business and community leader, passed away unexpectedly on Friday June 8, 2018.

He was the beloved husband of Jennifer (Maguire) Hanson, who survives him.

Born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, January 26, 1973, the beloved son of Eric W. “Rick” and Martha (Reardon) Hanson, he attended Chelmsford Schools and was a graduate of Chelmsford High School.

Eric graduated from American University in Washington, D.C. in 1995 as an Academic All American and Captain of the Golf Team. He continued his studies at American University attaining a Master’ Degree in Corporate Public Communications

After his time in Washington, he came home to join his father and family in business and eventually became the President and COO of the D.J. Reardon Company.

Following the transfer of the company, Eric, an entrepreneur by nature, founded the KLIN Groupe, a successful spirits and wine company which later expanded to include cigars. As Executive Chairman, he created and introduced Hammer and Sickle Vodka, which was made in Russia, to the U.S. Market. He later followed that up with wine, cigar and rum products under the umbrella of the KLIN Groupe in Lowell.

A highly respected businessman, Eric served as a Trustee and member of the Investment Committee of Circle Health, as a Corporator of Lowell Five Bank, as a member of the Board of Directors of the Academy of Notre Dame in Tyngsboro and a past board member of the Lowell Plan. 

Active in the Greater Lowell charitable and civic community, he was a former Chairman of the Board and Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Lowell. A philanthropist at heart, he and his family supported several non-profit organizations throughout Greater Lowell.

A member of Vesper Country Club, he had a passion and skill for golf and enjoyed playing with his father, his daughters and his friends and was a member of several Lowell City Golf Teams. 

A kind, generous and thoughtful person, with a sometimes irreverent sense of humor, Eric will be deeply missed by those who knew him best.

Besides his wife and parents, Eric, a dedicated and loving father, is survived by his two daughters Caroline E. Hanson and Ella M. Hanson both of Lowell, students at the Academy of Notre Dame in Tyngsboro; his sister Dr. Ellen M. Hanson and her husband Jamie Hawes of Hingham; his nephew Kai S. Hawes and niece Zoë E. Hawes both of Hingham; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 4 to 8 P.M. Wednesday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be celebrated Thursday morning at the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH at 11 o’clock followed by burial in St. Mary Cemetery in North Tewksbury. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Lowell, 657 Middlesex St., Lowell, MA 01851. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.


Condolences (19)
  • Christa Gehr  - RIP my friend
    I graduated from CHS with Eric. I am saddened by the news of his passing. I live in FL and just heard this tragic news. He always kept me laughing. Such a kind gentle soul. My heart goes out to his family and friends, you are in my thoughts and prayers.
  • Priyanka Prasad  - Our deepest condolences
    Our deepest condolences and sympathy to the entire family! You are in our thoughts and prayers. Prasad Family(Rakesh, Priyanka, Aditya)
  • Priyanka Prasad  - Our deepest condolences
    Our deepest condolences to the entire family. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Prasad Family. (Rakesh, Priyanka and Aditya)
  • Arthur and Frances Farmer  - Hanson Family
    We were saddened to hear of Erics passing. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Arthur enjoyed working with Eric during his time at D J Reardon. Sincerely, Arthur and Frances Farmer
  • Arthur and Frances Farmer  - Condolences to family
    We were saddened to hear of Erics passing. We cant imagine the pain you are going through. Arthur enjoyed working with Eric while at DJ Reardons.
  • Gordon Brainerd  - Deepest Sympathies
    To Eric's entire family, I offer my sincerest condolences. His family and friends will miss him terribly. I will be holding you all in my thoughts and prayers as you cope with this terrible loss.
  • Jeannine Dominique  - Rest in Peace
    Jen, Caroline, Ella and family, There are no words to express sympathy for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you and please know our NDA community is always here for you. Rest in Peace Eric. Jeannine Dominique
  • Rick and Marcia Considine  - Our deepest sympathies for your tragic loss!
    Our son, John, worked with Eric and loved him for his ingenuity, intelligence, and wit! We are all devastated by the loss of such a capable and generous young man. He will be sorely missed.
  • Barbara Beauchesne
    Dear Jen, Caroline, Ella and the Hanson family, There are no right words at a time like this. Please know you have the support of a large community of people that love you and support you. Treasure those special times together With your husband, dad, son and brother. Caroline and Ella I still remember the father daughter dance when your dad came in his tux. These will Always hold a place in your heart: Sending love, prayers and comfort to all of you. Barbara Beauchesne Acade of Notre Dame
  • Matt Bedard  -  My Condolences
    My thoughts and prayers are with Eric’s family at this time. Eric and I served for a short time together as board members of the Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce back in the early 90s. Eric was a true professional who’s poise and wisdom were well respected and beyond his years. His passing is a great loss to the community.
  • Bob & Christine Clower  - Sympathies
    Rick & Martha, Our sympathies go out to you & your family at this difficult time. We’re so sorry for your loss.
  • Barry & Heidi Stein  - He will be missed!
    My wife Heidi and I are devastated to hear of the loss of Eric Hanson from Hammer + Sickle. For me, Eric was one of the funniest guys I ever met. He instantly lit up a room when he walked into to it. But it goes beyond that for us. When he heard my wife and I were getting married he offered to give us cases of vodka and cans of ginger beer for our signature drink a Moscow Mule. He also gave us a couple of boxes of cigars for the guests. Our wedding became sponsored by Hammer + Sickle. He then he went one step further by showing up to our wedding and blessing us with a very generous gift. He was truly a friend and it crushes my very soul to know he won't be coming to visit anymore at my job with a bag full of candy and a plethora of jokes that would leave my sides aching. I'll miss you dearly my friend.
  • Rudy  - On the loss of Eric
    I only met him once, but his personality was such that I probably won't forget that time for the rest of my life. The loss of Eric is a significant one, let alone so early in his life. He will be forever missed.
  • Rick and Marcia Considine  - Profound sympathy
    Losing such a talented and generous man to family, friends and the business community has totally saddened our hearts. At this time our only solace is to remember the opportunity he gave to our son and other employees at KLIN Groupe. He was a friend to them as well as a benefactor to the Lowell Charity groups. We send our condolences to all who were fortunate to have known him. Trust in the Lord and lean not to our own understanding.
  • Bostwick family  - Sorry for your loss
    We are so deeply sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
  • John Kocon  - Rest In Peace
    To the family of Eric,my sincere condolences . I crossed paths with Eric,as I worked for the AB Wholesaler In RI .Eric was a true leader and outstanding person.
  • Stacey Wilson  - Rest In Peace Eric
    We will miss your quick wit, smile, sense of humor and kind heart. May you find peace with our Lord and comfort in His arms. May those who knew you and loved you find comfort and peace through God Almighty. May God grant us grace, mercy, and strength to love and support each other during this sad time. My husband and I will miss you and your friendship. S. Wilson
  • Ron Hanson  - Uncle
    Eric. You will always be remembered by me and any one who knew you. Rest in piece, buddy
  • Catherine Stangroom and family  - Sympathy
    You have our deepest sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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